Article by Claire Plath - California Images by Amanda Dedieu Models: Lizzie Ehmann, Bella & Sophia Slipp, Alexis Steffe, Sofiya Kmet, & Brynn Vonder Smalz Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The historical context of denim first originated back in the 1800's, when Levi Strauss, a businessman, and Jacob Davis, a tailor, supplied miners from the Gold Rush with denim pants made out of durable materials and 100% cotton. Denim became significantly important because of its ability to become the first long lasting pair of pants that didn't seem to tear so easily. And so began the introduction of denim!
The word denim was named after a city in Italy where cotton corduroy called "jean" was manufactured from back then. After Jacob Davis sold his first pair of sturdy denim pants, he partnered up with Levi Strauss to continue to sell denim jeans, and later on got them patented. Davis and Strauss opened up a larger factory where denim jeans officially became a popular clothing item to wear during work. Denim jeans got their indigo color originally because that color was very cheap, and it was always available in large quantities in America. Nowadays, the color is a total trend, just like back then!
Both names sound very familiar because of the brand of jeans that we buy in stores even today that were named after them! What we don't realize is how important denim has proven to be in our culture and society over the last 140 years as it continues to play a significant role in our fashion industry. I truly can't imagine the day when denim will go out of style, and that is the true beauty of the fabric, that denim always seems to be a trend no matter what decade it is!
Denim has now spread to not just jeans, but jackets, skirts, dresses, and even shirts! The history of denim continues to play a vital role in our modern-day fashion society and will continue to until it eventually goes out of style. However, until that day comes (and it will most likely be a very very long time from now) we should all continue to rock our own unique denim looks and remember what a great role it plays in fashion every day!
Claire's article was featured in Issue 24 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!